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Oedipoda caerulescens (Linnaeus, 1758)

Blue-winged Grasshopper

Taxonomy: Orthoptera>>Caelifera>>Acridoidea>>Acrididae>>Oedipodinae

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Oedipoda caerulescens Oedipoda caerulescens Oedipoda caerulescens

Status: Channel Islands native species.

Description: A large, cryptically coloured grasshopper with darker bands across the forewings and a marked keel on the pronotum. Distinctive in flight when bright blue basal patches with dark borders on the hind wings are shown.

Size: 15-28 mm

Wings: Winged.

Stridulation: Only heard during courtship; soft, short buzzing.

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Courtship song.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Food: Herbivorous.

Habitat: Coastal sand dunes and south facing cliffs, disused quarries and stony fields.

Phenology: Adults appear in late July through to October and early November.

Distribution: This species is not present in the National Biodiversity Network Database currently (October 2008).